Wolf Point Herald

Rick Whittlesey

Rick E. Whittlesey of Gillette, Wyo., died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016.
He was born July 11, 1948, in Chariton, Iowa, one of three children of Ralph and Betty Whittlesey. He attended school in Chinook, graduated high school in Wolf Point and attended Eastern Montana College in Billings.
He and his wife of 45 years, Peggy (Hanel), were high school sweethearts. They married July 10, 1971, in Wolf Point and have three children, Eric, Angela and Christina.
He served in the United States Army from Aug. 21, 1968, until being honorably discharged June 1, 1970. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, during which he served as a military policeman and was awarded several medals, badges and bars.
He was employed as assistant manager for Hole-
man GM Diesel in Billings until 1977 when he was promoted to a new branch as manager in Gillette, Wyo. In the early ‘80s, he also worked for Davis Chevrolet (currently White’s Frontier Motors), as a sales associate and remained there until he retired in 2013.
Some of his favorite pastimes included bowling, golfing, softball and attending his children’s sporting events. Spending time with his children and grandchildren gave him great pleasure. He was known to be a kind and gentle soul who was honest, caring and trustworthy.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy; son, Eric; daughters, Angela Shippy and Christina Moran; three grandchildren; brother, Don; and sister, Kathy.
His funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 30, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church with Pastor Paul Bodin officiating.

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Danny Shumway

Danny Ray Shumway, 64, is home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as of Oct. 1, 2016.
Danny is a kind and generous man always willing to lend a helping hand where needed. Danny has a great, original sense of humor and is referred to by his family as their "human google" for his wide knowledge base of anything and everything. He has enjoyed every moment of his life, his time outside, his dog Faith, mowing and working in the yard and his many times with family and friends, especially his two beautiful granddaughters.

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Sandra Yellow Hammer

Sandra Doris (Ramsey) Yellow Hammer, 57, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Billings.
She was born in Dallas, Texas, to Sidney Sr. and Victoria Ramsey.
She was raised in Cannonball, N.D., on the Standing Rock Reservation where was an enrolled member of the tribe. She attended boarding schools in her younger years up to eighth-grade at Wahpeton, N.D., then she did her freshman year at Flandreau Indian School. She went on to Solen High School for her remaining three years, graduating in 1977.
She met Ronald Yellow Hammer Jr. while attending high school. They were married, Oct. 14, 1977, at the Fort Yates Courthouse. They had six children: Jennifer YH, Elizabeth YH, Lauren YH, Wilma B.H.M., Ronnie YH, Joseph Sr. YH; one niece they raised as their own, Avis Bigtrack; a special granddaughter she was raising, Terrie Bigtrack.
January 1981, Sandra and Ronald moved to Bismarck, N.D., where they both attended United Tribes College. She graduated with her business associates degree.
September 1981, they moved to Brockton. This is where she made her home. She was active playing softball, basketball and volleyball. She enjoyed powwows. She danced old-style jingle and you would find her out in the arena floor at any celebration.
From 1982-2003, she worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Poplar and, during the summer months from 1989-1996, she went firefighting. Her most recent employment from 2006 until her death was with the Fort Peck Tribes Senior Citizens as an assistant cook and janitor.
She was also a war mother, she was very proud of all the veterans in her family; and a descendant of Chief Bighead for Standing Rock Reservation.
Throughout her life, she enjoyed playing Bingo, scratch cards and Keno machines. Besides attending powwows, she could always be found lending a hand at funerals, wakes, Bingos, whatever it may be.
She was a very loyal Brockton Warriors fan. She supported them always and you would always see her at the games.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald Yellow Hammer Jr.; seven children; three brothers, Sidney Jr., Claude of Cannonball, N.D., and Sterling Ramsey of Poplar; sister, Katherine Many Horses of Billings; 22 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by five sisters, Mavis, Harnet, Claudia Ramsey, Linda Many Horses and Elizabeth Parks; and three brothers, Cederic, Terrance Ramsey and Bobbie Many Horses.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Brockton Cultural Center. Interment was at the Yellow Hammer family cemetery located east of Brockton. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Courtney Robert Cantrell Jr.

Courtney Robert Cantrell Jr., 55, died Sept. 26, 2016, at his home in Wolf Point.
He was born April 26, 1961, in Inglewood, Calif., to Melissa White Eagle and Courtney Cantrell Sr. He lived the majority of his life in Wolf Point.
In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.
When he was a teenager, he went to Kicking Horse Job Corps in Ronan and graduated.
Coming home to Wolf Point, he worked seismographing, some firefighting, railroad work and renovations and construction with his father.
Later, he moved to Oregon, where he met Kathy Vanderbilt. To this relationship was born his only child, Courtney Verle. They later separated and he came back to Wolf Point.
He enjoyed visiting with friends and relatives. He was very close to his nephews and nieces. He had a good sense of humor and always had the family laughing about something.
He is survived by his mother, Melissa Cantrell of Wolf Point; sisters, Juanita Cantrell, Della Pipestem, Jonny Lee Bearcub, all of Wolf Point, Rosaline Tompkins, Carla Soto of Lacy, Wash., Georgia Dupuis of New Jersey and Debra Dolde of California; brother, Michael Ackerman-Cantrell of Poplar; adopted brother, Martin (James) Bordeaux; son, Courtney Verle Cantrell of Oregon; and special friend, Paula Azure of Wolf Point.
His funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 30, at the Wolf Point Community Hall. Interment was at the St. Ann’s Cemetery in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Michael Peterson

Michael R. Peterson, 63, of Wolf Point died Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.
He was born Oct. 6, 1952, in Rock Springs, Wyo., to Wilbur and Iris (Loader) Peterson. He grew up in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Fort Collins, Colo. At the age of 17, he learned flooring installation working for his brother, Ralph, laying carpet and tile. He also received his water and wastewater certification.
He met Catherine Pepperl in Casper, Wyo., and they were married Aug. 16, 1980, in Fort Collins. They had two sons, James and Jacob. The family moved to Wolf Point in 1987. He enjoyed his work at Buttrey Food, where he made many lifelong friends.
He attended the Art Institute in Portland, Ore., and then began The Acorn Shop in Wolf Point, refinishing and reproducing antique furniture out of his home. The quality craftsmanship he provided was his greatest pride.
He had a love for music and enjoyed the outdoors, particularly hunting, fishing, shooting and camping with his family. He was a Denver Broncos fan and would never miss a game. Although he had many hobbies and interests, his greatest passion in life was his family.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, Marion and Wilbur “Pete;” and sisters, Twila and Phyllis.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine; sons, James Peterson of Belgrade and Jacob Peterson of Wolf Point; two grandchildren; and brothers, John of Wyoming and Ralph of Nebraska.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 7, at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, followed by interment at Greenwood Cemetery.

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